Thanks to summer vacation, it’s been three weeks since our last Airborne Toxic Event roundup. So, you’ll have to forgive us if some of this seems like old news. For those of you who’ve been enjoying holidays of your own, here’s what you missed.
Airborne played two festivals earlier this month: Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis. Though news was scant from the latter, Summerfest did yield a number of things that piqued our interest.
First up is a chat that Mikel Jollett, Steven Chen and Anna Bulbrook had with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As with any good TATE interview, it covers a tremendous amount of ground in a brief amount of time – none of it particularly newsworthy, mind you, if you’re seeking insight on the status of the next album or the whereabouts of Noah Harmon. Nevertheless, it’s fun to hear from the gang as they touch on the enthusiasm of the Summerfest audience, the uniqueness of the last venue they played in Milwaukee (The Rave), Mikel’s guilty TV pleasure, Anna’s fondness for capoeira, Steven’s skateboarding antics and their recommended summer reading picks.
Following the gig, the Sentinel posted a brief review and a handful of photos. The recap was backhandedly complimentary, as scribe Jason Kellner praised the performance while offhandedly painting the band as a “junior Arcade Fire” who “showed that it’s capable of putting more raw power into its live show than it can muster on recordings.”
Meanwhile, THINKlocal posted a larger set of photos on their Facebook page, including the one featured at the top of this article.
New TATE Tour Dates
Immediately after their recent appearances in Milwaukee and Minneapolis respectively, the band announced the addition of new fall tour dates in – you guessed it – Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The quintet will hit the aforementioned Rave in Milwaukee on Oct. 17, before playing First Avenue in Minny two nights later.
Coming Soon: The Airborne Toxic Event Live on Yahoo Screen
On July 15, Yahoo Screen (in partnership with Live Nation) live streamed a concert featuring the Dave Matthews Band. It marked the first of 365 days of free, live streamed performances by the Who’s Who of music. And although the schedule has only been released through mid-August thus far, there are tantalizing things ahead for TATE fans. The Live Nation press release that announced the endeavor lists Airborne among the acts that will be showcased in the coming year, alongside names as diverse as Justin Timberlake, Usher, Kiss, John Legend, Kodaline and The Gaslight Anthem.
That’s right: sometime in the next 12 months we’ll all have a chance to catch a TATE gig from the comfort of our own couches. More details as we get them.
The Inspirational Fifth Day
Jerrell Chow of Mind Equals Blown muses about the music that inspires him, and why he connects to it so instinctively. As his most recent example, he cites “The Fifth Day,” about which he writes, “‘The Fifth Day’ was so mind-blowing, especially as the song progressed into the outro and exploded into a myriad of colorful melodies and sounds in scintillating fashion. I feel my spirits lifted every time the song comes up on my playlist.”
Does all our talk of Summerfest have you wishing you were there? Fret not – Tim Newell has you covered with this full-length, front row video of the entire show. Quench your live TATE thirst as you await the fall tour. Just 62 more days…
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.